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Stonemull

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Adding z axis driver to stock Mana SE
« on: December 01, 2017, 06:39:50 AM »

Wanted to link it here so I can find it in future.

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Re: Adding z axis driver to stock Mana SE
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2017, 08:36:24 AM »
While my BCL supports Z axis cutting, I have found it impractical* on lower powered laser machines, to cut anything thicker than 3mm. Why? Because of the number of passes it takes to cut through 3/8 inch thick plywood wood, for example. Between 100 and 200 passes (depending on your laser power). Thus, I don't think this is practical, as it takes a long time. Cutting anything thicker than 3mm is really best done on a 40 watt C02 laser machine.

* Impractical with laser power less than 3.5w.
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Re: Adding z axis driver to stock Mana SE
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2017, 10:27:18 AM »
Stoney you are a mad scientist!
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Re: Adding z axis driver to stock Mana SE
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2017, 03:51:55 AM »
I originally built this to drill printed circuit boards with one of the little geared stepper motors and a DC 12v spindle, then I changed to a brushless motor with a standard done ESC aand added a microcontroller to init the ESC and generate servo pulses from the laser pwm input.
Later I used it with the banggood z axis, it works fine.

Ts just an option, grbl has 3 axis control and I like just being able to unplug the third axis totally.

I have never used it for focusing, I agree it wouldnt be ideal, I have considered puttting one of the little steppers to turn the focus knob though.

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